First Fridays Warsaw. Spring Break 2017 – time to get out and explore…just ignore the weather!
Stop by and meet the owners of this charming wine cafe, Michelle & Chad. Michelle has put together a wonderful selection of local wines…I’ve personally tasted a couple. The shop is also home to two fabulous little rescue dogs, Lily & Lola. They hang out during regular hours, but stay home during special events or Saturday Rescue Dog Day.
On Rescue Saturdays, the shop hosts a different rescue animal from 11-1pm, educating you on the who, what & where of local rescue efforts…and maybe finding a ‘furever home’ for a lucky fur baby.
Last weeks rescues were from American Greyhound.
Check out the action – click here.
More to come…
So tonight, again, I was reminded how important it is to print some of your images regularly.
Printed pictures are the written words of our mind’s memories (I just made that up, but I’m sure I read something like it somewhere). They jog or nudge our mind to remember an event, a day, a person, even an emotion.
For as long as we have been walking around this earth, we have been drawing, painting, snapping images of moments in time to help retell our stories.
It says we were here, we made a mark, we matter, we lived, we loved and we connected. And, we want to remember and share our memories. Telling stories – painting pictures with words is a gift – adding pictures makes it that much more priceless.
The picture above is a lost moment from years ago. I rediscovered it when I was cleaning out the guest room for my new renter. At first I was struck by memories of my mother – she passed away 4 years ago. Then I thought how lucky I was to have this printed image. A lot of ups and downs in 2015. Rediscovering this print on January 1st, 2016 was like receiving a hug from my mom saying “2016 will be better. Everything is okay.”
Next I started remembering the details of the day the image was taken. I used to travel to Key West monthly with my daughter. Sometimes I’d pick up my mom in Lakeland and we would drive down together. A 7-hour drive usually took about 10 hours with a toddler and 2 shoppers.
On this particular day we decided to take my then 4 year old daughter to the beach for a picnic of raspberries, cookies and a Key West sunset. You can see my daughter’s little green toy sand wagon in the lower corner. I remember bringing my tripod, hoping to get a sunset portrait of all 3 of us. I don’t think my daughter had the same plan. As a matter of fact, I think she was the one taking the picture – thus getting the best smile out of HoneyLoLo (my daughter’s name for my mom – but that’s another story).
So glad I printed this image. Guess I should frame it, but for now I have a story to share with my little girl eight years later.
Keep clickin’ & printin’
Cheers & Happy New Year!
So, last weekend I got the call. Santa needed a photographer for his visit to the Wabash County Historical Museum. I was very honored, grabbed my gear and headed North – well actually, South to Wabash, Indiana.
I had never stepped inside the Museum. Wow. Was I in for an incredible treat. My daughter had been there twice for school excursions. She said it was pretty fab. And she was right – I was amazed at the Museum’s incredible 2 floors of county history. All laid out in a very contemporary and amazingly decorated building.
But wait! There’s more! In addition to Santa’s visit, it was Family Fun Day – free admission, crafts, treats, music and history. What more could you ask for?
To really get into the holiday spirit and see more of the amazing holiday decorations, click here and take a video tour. (I am told that the decorating was designed by a most talented local and took him and his many elves about a month to complete.)
Enjoy the tour and make time to visit the Wabash County Historical Museum in Wabash, Indiana.
Keep Clickin’ & Printin’ those memories!
Last week I attended my daughter’s Suzuki Violin recital. (I won’t embarrass her by posting her playing, however proud of her I may be 😉
Linda Kummernuss has been teaching my daughter for 4 years. She has many very talented students – and it has been a pleasure to see my daughter and her other students talents grow over the years.
Linda, however, rarely shares her talents with us, except in snippets during a lesson – never wanting to take away from her students. Today we got to see a different side of her, from teacher to performer.
Linda has started a new music adventure with a musical partner, Ken Preston. Ken is a guitar player who has been writing music and was looking for a partner. Together they write and perform original pieces. Ken starts the process with a song, words and vision and Linda adds to the magic the violin part to complete the ensemble. We were treated with an original composition, “Hold Me”, today. Enjoy their performance here:
It’s always fun to see how different people connect, create and grow.
I decided to ‘pop-up’ this weekend at the annual Eel River Arts Festival here in lil ol’ North Manchester. And I am so glad I did! It turned out to be a perfect fall day with lots of friendly, smiling faces; talented & creative artists, amazing musicians and good food.
All day I talked and photographed the non-suspecting art fair attendee. Hee hee. Pulled them into the photobooth and had a mini-fall portrait session…here are a few of the images:
If you want to catch all the action and some of the music, you can view my video here MicheleMarieKW on the YouTube.
Festival season is still happening – get out there, enjoy the weather, the people and share some pics!
It’s finally the weekend. So we, me and my 2 young assistants, filled our water bottles with lemonade and headed out to the local farmer’s market to start our day of exploring locally. We decided to get out of the house and shop Rt. 13 by heading North to Pierceton, North Webster and Syracuse – all in Kosciusko Co. Indiana. The goal for this trip was to gather ideas, inspiration and fresh air. Kind of a real-time, get-off-the-couch Pinterest date.
First stop was right in our backyard at the very local North Manchester’s Farmer’s Market which has started a few weeks earlier than usual. Not too much on the produce this week, but a great selection of plants and baked goods and rhubarb. If only I liked to make pies? The girls scored a chocolate chip banana bread – good road trip food. They even shared a bite or two with me.
The weather was perfect for a drive, a little overcast, but the rain held off. Now you have to understand, I’m driving with two 5th grade fashionistas who get bored very quickly. I wasn’t sure if they were really going to get into the antiques, vintage stuff and who knows what in the small towns we were headed to. And I was really feeling the urge to explore and hang with creative peeps. And you know what? We had a perfect day. A little bit of eye candy for everyone – antiques, jewelry and hipster collectibles for me – a video game, resale clothes and strawberry crepes for my two lovely assistants.
We covered a lot of ground (North Manchester, Pierceton, North Webster & Syracuse – Indiana), took a lot of pictures, talked with each amazing shopkeepers and bought a few treasures. Usually, I would write more and share more images from the day in my blog, but today I’m trying something a bit new. I’m sharing links to all the places we visited below and a video/slideshow from our day:
CLICK BELOW TO VIEW THE DAY’S VIDEO:
Enjoy the show. Keep making memories and sharing.
Resources/Links: store info
- North Manchester Farmer’s Market https://www.facebook.com/groups/325141357105/
- R&C Greenhouse & Produce from Macy Indiana
- Pierceton, Indiana
- Blue Pearl Antiques
- Purr-fectly Unique
- Roberta’s Antiques & Collectibles
- Peas in Pods – creepy art
- Lakeland Art Gallery – Lakeland Art Association, Inc.
- Retrospect – Owner Casey Boggs – The Hipster Antique Store. Loved it. Video Game for kids.
- My Red Moon – Curiosities & Collectibles
- Maria’s Pancake House North Webster, Indiana
- Judy’s De Ja Vu
- The Revolving Closet – Syracuse, In
- Up Your Alley Flea Market – Sydney, Indiana
What I love about location photography is that any location can be interesting, appropriate and beautiful. We used to think when we needed a portrait for the annual family memory, Senior Portrait or business profile, “we HAVE to go to the Portrait Studio”. With changes in the wedding industry to more exotic destinations with ‘picture perfect’ settings being the norm, the simple portrait also became more relaxed and more location focused vs. studio based.
Location Portraiture became hipper than formal Studio Photography (no offense to my studio photographer friends – trust me, they are still hip and amazingly creative). My twist on the location portrait is taking my client for a Portrait Stroll. What’s different from the Location Portrait is that we explore together a city block or neighborhood while we photograph. This adds to the interest and creativity of the session and the final images.
I’ve specialized in location portraiture pretty much always. First as a wedding photographer-I’ve never dragged a backdrop to a wedding-totally unnecessary; and, then second as location portrait artist. As location shooting became hip and accepted, the focus on the session was location with me, the photographer, coming to you at your home or a special location.
Today your online, visual resume is just as important as excellent references. Todd came to me and needed to update his LinkedIn profile and resume – he’s job hunting. Instead of setting up in the studio with a boring blue background and Todd dressed in a dark suit and tie, we headed out in my rural town of North Manchester, Indiana. Todd dressed a bit more casual – jacket & jeans, he’s IT by the way.
We strolled around my home studio yard and alley, then moved downtown to explore the alleys and old architecture. It was relaxed, fun, interactive and I think the results speak for the process.
Creative but Simple. Edgy but Relaxed. Hip but Classic.
Where will your next Portrait Stroll lead?
I am so excited to be launching a second art show at our local coffee house, KenapocoMocha. My previous (and first official) art show at the KMocha featured what I call images of found art. Candid situations of flowers, landscapes, sunsets etc. I’ve always been influenced by and in love with “The Decisive Moment” that Henri Cartier-Bresson mastered and shared with the world of photography.
“Photography is not like painting,” Cartier-Bresson told the Washington Post in 1957. “There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative,” he said. “Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”( Bernstein, Adam (August 5, 2004). “The Acknowledged Master of the Moment”. The Washington Post. Retrieved May 4, 2010)
My first most successful “Decisive Moment” was captured in the Chicago Union Station during a very, very bitterly cold winter. It was a class assignment to do street photography. I caught these two strangers sharing a smile and conversation. Once I saw this print come up in the developer in the darkroom, I was hooked on capturing more of those moments.
This new collection focuses more on what photography is to me and how it has evolved for me. A photo rambling from work to travel to personal to digital to iPhone. Photography as a business has been important to me for over 15 years, but it has really always been a part of my life, and I might even guess yours in some way. But it took me quite a while to have the confidence to show my other images. The stuff I shyly call Art. So…Photography is…about Sharing. Learning.Teaching. Inspiring.
My aunt on my father’s side became a studio portrait photographer back in the 1950s. She photographed all of my sisters and me when we were babies. These professional, hand painted wall portraits hung on my parents walls my entire childhood-never changing. Becoming the symbols of our childhood. Dad, being very proud of what his sister accomplished, was more than happy to buy me a 35mm Minolta X-370 camera for my big High School graduation gift. So Photography Is…a Gift. Family. Beginnings.
Another element to this art show is to encourage some interaction between me, the artist, and you the viewer. We’ve created an interactive Thought Share Space where you can post a note about the art or a response to the week’s topic. Photography is one art form that seems to touch almost everyone in our culture in some way. Now with the smart phone technology seemingly at everyone’s fingertips, young and old, we explore what this means to us. Our first topic is Photography Is…(insert your comment here.) I would add…Photography Is…Connections. Constant. Ever-changing.
I hope you have a chance to stop by, enjoy a coffee and view the images. Mark your calendars, we are also planning a fun Introduction to iPhone Photography class March 14th. If you are in the neighborhood, sign up and join us.